Submitted by Name: james coy From: AUSTRALIA E-mail: Contact
Comments: So John haven't been on here in years and could not help myself .Had to go find all my photos on your Great page and looked and looked to find the old car at the park in Fairbanks Denali car Harrison I have great no FANTASTIC memories of your GREAT LAND...See you. all the best.
Added: February 16, 2015
Submitted by Name: Filippo Zandonà From: Italy
Comments: John, your site on ARR is really an amazing job and full of surprises ... really an inspiration for my dream to write a book about railroad mountain!
Comments: Very good and interesting side about the ARR. Fine to have a place to check out what happend, and get background stuff for my garden railroad under construction. Many good and historical pictures.
Added: February 12, 2015
Submitted by Name: Andrew J. Clark From: Quitman, TX E-mail: Contact
Comments: Wonderful Wonderful... My Son Eric, who lives in Soldotna sent me your Web site address and I have spent hours reading about the old times on the ARR.
I worked for the ARR from 1948 until I retired in 1977 but those were the best years of my life.. It was a good country for two Sons to be raised in.
Thank you for all the enjoyment you have given others and the work you have done. Andy
Added: January 29, 2015
Submitted by Name: Todd Hardesty From: Anchorage, Alaska
Comments: Hi John. Thanks for your help in researching Alco-Brooks 102 of the Copper River and Northwestern Railroad. Very fun to identify the locomotive in the photo I found. Very best wishes,
Added: January 23, 2015
Submitted by Name: Nancy From: Nampa, ID (Originally Seward, AK) E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hi John Just learned today of your site & work. Forwarded by a childhood friend. We grew up together in Seward, AK.
His father worked for the Alaska R/R & my parents leased space from the railroad & ran a diner/coffee shop for the longshoremen on the dock.
My parents went to Seward from CA in 1952. Not sure exactly when they started the Dock Coffee Shop but it was in operation until March 27, 1964 when it was destroyed by the earthquake & tidal waves. My father & sister had just returned home from the Dock when the earthquake hit.
After the railroad built the new dock my parents were given the lease to open the Coffee shop. Mother ran it until her death in 1986. The railroad is more than just rails.
Our picture is in the July, 1964 National Geographic Edition we are in a soup line..."the homeless & dispossed..."
My childhood friends & I have other stories should you be interested. Blessings, N
Added: December 25, 2014
Submitted by Name: William Ward From: Grew up in Anchorage E-mail: Contact
Comments: Dad worked for the ARR for 38 years, retired as Chief Comptroller, 1965.
I am an ARR daughter -- my dad was Robert Davison, and I hung around him and his close buddies Don Prince, Albert Bailey, and Bones every time my dad took me to his cabin up there. Slats was my Dad's nickname.... I was quite young when he passed and hadn't asked about his life before I arrived... but if I run across any photos or remember anything I will post here.
I have a personal memory though... and personal pictures. My dad was such a RRer at heart..we would hike out of our cabin and stop at a MP and wave our red flag and they'd ario for us as we loaded all our equipment. Dad was so proud to have been part of the ARR... I'll send on a picture of my "driving" the train
Added: August 18, 2014
Submitted by Name: Stan Bissonette From: Anchorage, Alaska E-mail: Contact
Comments: John, This is a fine web site of our Alaska Railroad, I have been a fan & observer of the Alaska Railroad since 1949 when I lived on Government hill & would set there & watch the Engines come & go on the old turntable roundhouse. I have been a member of the Military Society of Model Railroad Engineers for 29 years now. I have been given the task of researching the 3 paint scheme's of the Alaska Railroad. How they came about & the dates of each. I find no where else on how to get in touch with you except here. I work with Pat Durrand on the 557, but he is usually too busy to just set & talk. can you help me in this project. If you can give me your phone number, I will call & talk to you. Thank you for your time & I hope to hear back from you soon. Stan Bissonette Anchorage, Alaska 907-344-8168